Students admitted to supervisory education at this center will have completed a minimum of four units of CPE (often six units or more) and demonstration of completion of Level II CPE outcomes. At least one unit of Level II CPE must be obtained in the Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals CPE program prior to beginning Supervisory CPE. The CPE faculty may after consideration of the student’s experience wave the above requirement. Practice of supervision is initially limited to observing and then leading program activities such as didactics or case presentations. These activities are under direct observation of an ACPE Supervisor. The goal is to move towards candidacy as quickly as possible.

Within our curriculum design, we have indicated that supervisory education takes place within Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals and within our center’s pastoral education program. Several relationships are thus involved as components in the program, including the Supervisory Faculty, the individual (primary) Supervisor, the SES, the CPE Student/Resident, Intern, or Extern and the patient/family member. It is important to note that in a complex setting with multiple relationships, and given our developmental approach, there is much to learn and manage in a SES’s learning.

The design of our program is influenced and shaped by an individual learning contract with each student. Learning contracts will be updated for each unit of Supervisory CPE. The Center, however, takes responsibility to develop and teach the theoretical components of supervision, learning theory, and coordinates and supervises the SESs. The supervisory curriculum includes primary supervision, the center’s weekly theory and practice seminars, peer group presentation and clinical seminars, and evaluation seminar. The CPE students who are supervised by the SESs spend all of their clinical time at a Ascension Seton facility.

The design of the program is to facilitate the development of the necessary areas of competence required by the Standards: to develop conceptual competence, supervisory competence, competence in group and individual supervision, and pastoral education competence.